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Showing 37 articles from June 26, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Third suspect arrested in four-county drug ring
Narcotics officers arrested the third suspect in a drug trafficking case that stretched across Franklin, Wake, Nash and Johnston counties.
Junior Fernandez was placed in jail in lieu of a $1.5 million bond.
In February, officers seized nearly three pounds of marijuana during a raid at an Epsom Rocky Ford Road home.

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Tentative state budget leaves local schools a little better off
There is a bit of good news for Franklin County schools in the compromise state budget that’s still up in the air so, to be safe, the school board on Monday night adopted an interim budget until the situation in Raleigh is resolved.
The interim budget, which will serve until the board adopts its final 2012-13 budget, is what was proposed by the school board earlier in the year.

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SUMMER HEATS UP
SUMMER HEATS UP
Summertime has arrived, which means area youth softball and baseball tournaments are in full swing. Last Saturday, the Bunn All-Stars took the championship at the Tar Heel District 8-Under Softball Tourney in Wendell. In the photo (left), Bunn’s Emily Clark is shown trying to cross home plate.

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Gunfire erupts at party; one arrested
Gunfire erupts at party; one arrested
Police arrested a Franklinton area man on gun charges after a party at a religious facility erupted in gunfire.
No injuries were reported.
According to investigators, Sheriff’s Deputy Damion Linder asked Franklinton police to assist in responding to a call of shots being fired at the headquarters of the Inter-Denominational Ushers Association building in the 4400 block of U.S. 1 the evening of June 22.

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Job roller coaster continues; local jobless rate hits 9.2%
Franklin County workers are apparently on the same roller coaster as their counterparts across the state.
After experiencing a decline in the rate of those unemployed in April, Franklin County’s rate edged up to 9.2 percent in May — the most recent data available.
The rate rose in 76 of the state’s 100 counties, fell in 21 and were unchanged in three.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Emerson Bunn and Cameron White

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Twitter
Editorial Cartoon: Twitter

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Tales of Ol’ Maude rekindle fond memories
Tales of Ol’ Maude rekindle fond memories
GOOD MORNING: Boy, Oh Boy! Did that spread on Ol’ Maude by Times publisher Gary Cunard in the June 23 Weekend edition of The Times, bring back memories of long ago.
While I was just a young sprout, puttering around The Franklin Times office on Court Street, just around the corner from the Louisburg Fire Department, then located at the Market Street/Johnson Street, (known then as Bull Run Alley) intersection...

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Virtual public school idea too new to simply launch
If you’re not familiar with the term “virtual charter school” and are concerned about public education in North Carolina, you’ve got some homework to complete.
In a nutshell, a virtual charter school is an entirely computer (web) based school curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade students and which will be funded with your tax dollars.

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Good news travels fast, bad news, not so much
Good news travels fast, bad news, not so much
Good news came for the county last week.
A Raleigh judge reached a decision, siding with the county in its long-standing, ongoing argument with the town of Franklinton regarding its water contract.
Judge Paul Gessner sent an email to the attorneys in the matter, notifying them of the decision on June 13.

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Rights and privileges stolen
Dear editor:
Prayer has always been seen as a vital part of America’s heritage, and although a Prayer of Blessing has always been bequeathed upon  our Franklin County’s graduates since this county first came into existence in 1779, yet beginning this year and for every year hereafter  prayers of blessing upon our youth will no longer be tolerated.

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OBITUARIES

TRENT RAY GARNER
HENDERSON- Trent Ray Garner, 42, a resident of Kittrell, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at his home.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at Sunset Gardens by the Rev. Frank Sossamon and the Rev. Gary Harper.

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L. FAYDEEN “FAY” VAUGHAN
FRANKLINTON - Lillian Faydeen Vaughan, 61, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Hock Family Pavilion, Durham. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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LUVENIA HARRIS
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Luvenia Harris, who died Thursday, June 21, 2012, were held Tuesday, June 26, at Redeeming Love Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in Carolina Biblical Gardens.

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LULA ANN S. COSTIN
BAILEY - Lula Ann Strickland Costin, 70, died Friday, June 22, 2012 at UNC Chapel Hill. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, June 26, at Bailey Town Cemetery, with the Rev. Gerald Wiggs officiating.

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JAMES F. “JIM” CHASTAIN
LOUISBURG - James Franklin “Jim” Chastain, 70, died peacefully Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Arrangements, which were incomplete at press time, will be announced by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory in Louisburg.

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WALTER WRIGHT JR.
ROCKY MOUNT— Funeral services for Walter Wright Jr., 51, who died Sunday, June 24, 2012, will be held Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Hicks officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

The Opening Act
SAGE WITH THE SLIDE. Bunn’s Sage Bolarinwas (right) beats a throw to third base during last Saturday’s victory over Oxford at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at Bunn Elementary School.
The Opening Act
BUNN -- A one-day delay couldn’t quiet Bunn’s bats at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Baseball Tournament.
Taking on Oxford in last Friday’s first round, Bunn exploded from literally its first batter before play was called due to a massive storm.

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WATCHING A REPEAT
RACE DOWN THE LINE. Bunn’s Elizabeth Winstead (right) tries to chase down a Zebulon runner near home plate during last Saturday’s title game of the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament in Wendell.
WATCHING A REPEAT
WENDELL -- After three games of offensive domination, Bunn put on its slick-fielding gloves to wrap up the championship at the Tar Heel District 8-Under Softball Tournament.
Needing to defeat Zebulon just once in the double-elimination format, Bunn eschewed the need for an ‘if necessary’ game by posting a 12-9 victory in last Saturday’s title showdown at Carver Elementary School.

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All-Stars Still Alive
TREYVON TAGS ONE. Louisburg’s Treyvon Person lines a single during Monday evening’s decision over Oxford as part of the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Baseball Tournament at Bunn Elementary School.
All-Stars Still Alive
BUNN -- Louisburg rose to an elimination challenge during Monday’s action at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Baseball District Tournament.
Louisburg carried an 0-1 record into an outing against Oxford, which also had one loss in the double-elimination format.

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Nationals in charge at event
SECOND SACKER. Youngsville Nationals second baseman Corey Jones throws out a Bunn batter during Monday’s Coach-Pitch contest.
Nationals in charge at event
BUNN -- A wild ride ended with the Youngsville Nationals just one victory away from making the finals at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament.
Entering Monday’s action, the Nationals and host Bunn were the lone undefeated teams remaining at the event at Bunn Elementary School.

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Keys claim road victory
Keys claim road victory
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats came rolling into their series with the Frederick Keys on a four-game winning streak, but Tyler Wilson threw a wrench into the machine.
Wilson (3-3) tossed a seven-inning three hitter in a 5-0 defeat of the Mudcats on Sunday in Class A Carolina League baseball action at Five County Stadium.

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Dixie Majors play this weekend
Dixie Majors play this weekend
WARRENTON -- The focus of the area Dixie Youth Baseball scene will move to Warren County this weekend for the opening of the D-Y Major League District Baseball Tournament.
The event will be staged at the Warren County Park, which is located near Warren County High School in Warrenton.

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SOFTBALL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT CROWN SEEKERS
SOFTBALL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT CROWN SEEKERS
Members of the Bunn All-Stars pose after winning the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament last Saturday in Wendell.

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GREAT JOB, COACH!
GREAT JOB, COACH!
Bunn 8-Under All-Stars Coach Chris Perry is congratulated by (l to r) Loreilei Ray, Madison Hamilton and Elizabeth Winstead following the conclusion of last Saturday’s Tar Heel District Softball Tournament at Carver Elementary School in Wendell.

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ENCOURAGING WORDS
ENCOURAGING WORDS
Youngsville Nationals assistant coach Dave Palmer tries to cheer up Anthony Brown during Monday’s action at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Baseball Tournament at Bunn Elementary School. The event will continue today at BES.

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Louisburg goes 1-2 in 8s
Louisburg goes 1-2 in 8s
WENDELL -- Familiarity wasn’t an issue for the Louisburg All-Stars at the Tar Heel 8-Under Softball District Tournament at Carver Elementary School.
All but two of the roster members were part of a regular season team out of Louisburg. The club added two players from Youngsville -- Mackenzie Crawford and Ally Holmes -- for the districts.

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TROPHY TIME
TROPHY TIME
(L to R) Creedmoor’s Randy Groves and Louisburg’s Chuck Murray took first place at the Greenville Marine Tournament, which was held last weekend on Kerr Lake. A total of 101 boats participated, but Groves and Murray took home the $7,710 first-place prize.

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SANDY CREEK SUCCESS AT LAKE GASTON
SANDY CREEK SUCCESS AT LAKE GASTON
The Sandy Creek Bass Masters Team 1 from Franklin County recently reclaimed the Bass Club Championship at Lake Gaston. The team caught 135 pounds of bass as part of the two-day event. A total of 21 six-man squads competed in the tournament.

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Canes’ ticket packages available
Canes’ ticket packages available
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes have announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2012-13 season.
Mini-season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 26-game plan, or choose between three different 12-game plans.

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JUST TRYING TO GET BY
JUST TRYING TO GET BY
Bunn’s Kyle Herrmann (left) attempts to make it to third base during last Saturday’s showdown with Oxford at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Baseball Tournament in Bunn.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Leaf spots often blight or fungus</i>
Tomato leaves
Leaf spots often blight or fungus
What are those spots on my oak tree?
A chemical is not falling from the sky and landing on your oak trees.
These pale green spots are a fungus called oak leaf blister (Taphrina caerulescens).  This disease develops when the leaves emerge during cool wet weather each spring.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local student earns degree at W. Carolina
Western Carolina University in Cullowhee has announced its graduation and dean’s lists for spring semester 2012.
John Michael Ray of Franklinton was among the graduates, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Sheriff’s deputies investigate stabbing
Deputies arrested a Louisburg area man accused of aggravated assault and threatening to kill his girlfriend.
According to a report by Dep. T.A. Flowers, he responded to a domestic disturbance on Deerhaven Court near Louisburg the morning of June 21.
A 24-year-old woman told officers that her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Newell, called and threatened her life.

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GRANT AWARDED
GRANT AWARDED
The Franklin County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded a grant of $500 to Care and Share in Louisburg. The board awards grants annually to non-profits serving citizens in Franklin County.

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Father, son allege police beat them
A Louisburg father and son have filed a lawsuit against law enforcement and town and county government, alleging they were all responsible for a police beating.
According to two lawsuits filed on June 18, Roddie Lopp and his father, Frederick Lopp, said that Dep. Joel Anderson, along with Louisburg Police Officers Garrett Stanly, Andy Castaneda and Sherri Brinkely, came to his N. Church Street home the evening of June 28, 2009 to return his two children to their mother in Nashville.

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Local farmers market offers wide variety
The following is available at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market: snaps, beets, squash, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, onions, garlic, herbs, plants, sweet corn, honey, peppers, pickles, jams, jellies and preserves, pecans, breads and pies, dried apples, figs, blueberries and afghans.

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